Emily Roysdon, Comedy of Margin Theatre, installation view, Secession 2015, Photo: Iris Ranzinger

Emily Roysdon

Comedy of Margin Theatre

September 11 – November 1, 2015

17. How can we build a structure to be alive inside? To to to-wards a building of space and commons that privileges movement and margins.

(Emily Roysdon, from Uncounted)

For her first solo exhibition in Austria, Emily Roysdon has developed a scenic environment whose character is deliberately left undefined, somewhere between installation art, stage setting, and performance space. Its conceptual point of departure is Roysdon’s essay Uncounted, which develops a vocabulary around the artist’s ideas on performance and time. Divided into 23 short sections, it collages quotes, poetic digressions, and philosophical meditations to chart her thoughts on time, theater, performance, hierarchies, resistance, and emancipatory practices. Over time, the artist found that the text evolved into a sort of script. For the show, Roysdon focused her attention on three poetic phrases articulated in the text: “aliveness trespasses, it doesn’t know it’s marginal”; “to perform as an unsolved problem”; and “a structure to be alive inside”.


Emily Roysdon, born 1977 in Maryland (USA), is a New York and Stockholm-based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating, and collaborating. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR.